What we're about

Welcome, Active Outdoors Fans!

The Denver Trail Heads is a group for people with a wide array of interests in the outdoors. We will be hiking, snowshoeing, camping, cross country skiing, etc. Occasionally you will see a backpack or camping trip or an overnight at one of the many Forest Service cabins.

Our goal is to provide a safe, fun environment for ALL to enjoy outdoor activities, regardless of:

• Age

• Gender

• National Origin

• Race

• Religion

• Sexual Orientation

To date, we have hosted over 2,000 events. These trips were all made possible by our organizers. We work hard to organize trips and make them fun for you. The tone of an event is set by the organizer. Hiking speed, number of breaks, fitness level required, picture taking, dog-friendly, etc. Sometimes it is not as much the location or type of event, but who is running it that will determine if it is the event for you. More information about our organizers can be found here (http://www.meetup.com/denver-trail-heads/about/).

If you have an idea for a trip or you are interested in becoming an organizer, please let Paul and Bernard know. We are always looking for qualified organizers to help out!

Please RSVP yes only if you definitely plan to come. If you change your mind, please update your RSVP.

By joining this group you agree to the policies and terms of the group. The policies and terms can be found here (http://www.meetup.com/denver-trail-heads/pages/Policies_and_Terms/).

We do not charge members a fee to join the group. However, donations are appreciated.

NOTE TO SOLICITORS; This is not a philanthropic, or marketing organization. Please do not contact us for such purposes.

Upcoming events (5)

Pump Up Your Stride! Friday April 23rd - 4:30 PM - 5-6 miles RT

Golden Visitor Center

Let's MOVE those legs! Good forecast for Friday! GOLDEN!! We will meet in the parking lot and walk South along the Clear Creek River on the paved trail.

Wear appropriate walking or running shoes. Bring a mask to wear when passing others.

Bring water and a snack, if needed.

FIDO stays home, I am sorry this is not a dog walking event. The focus is on fitness and keeping a good fast pace.

DISTANCE: 5-6 miles total - 3.2 - 3.5 MPH Pace

Please update your RSVP status or text me at[masked] if you cannot make it so we are not waiting. We will wait only 5-7 minutes. If you show up late, you can try to catch up. We will start on the East side.

Evening Hike - South Valley Park: South Trailhead

South Valley Park South Trailhead

Let's enjoy an evening hike at South Valley Park! We will meet at the newly improved South Trailhead:

South Valley South Trailhead
12447 Deer Creek Canyon Road
Littleton, CO 80127

CONTACTS:
Bernard: (303)[masked] NOTE: I don't have internet or cell reception at this trailhead.

ATTENDEE LIMIT: 10 Hikers We will practice social distancing of at least 6 feet. Face coverings strongly recommended.

Sunset: 7:46 pm
Park Curfew: 8:46 pm

MEET at 5:45 pm, we will start at 5:50 pm SHARP! If you are not on time, you can catch up with the group.

WHAT TO BRING: Typical gear: water, snacks, jacket, face covering, etc. Given the recent snow, TRACTION DEVICES may be necessary.

DISTANCE/GAIN:[masked] mi RT loop[masked] ft. (Level: easy). We may hike up Lyons Back Trail should trail conditions be favorable.

ROUTE: https://trails.colorado.gov/routes/35511?t=e4EOI3NzhLDdqWBkqxF8

MAP: https://www.jeffco.us/DocumentCenter/View/9384/South-Valley-Park-Map

DOGS: Well-behaved dogs are welcome. Dogs must be leashed. Waste must be picked up and deposited into receptacles:
https://www.jeffco.us/1431/South-Valley-Park

DISCLAIMER: Hiking is risky. Every year people are hurt and killed because they go beyond their abilities, get lost, or bring the wrong gear. I am not a professional guide. You are responsible for yourself. By signing up for this hike you acknowledge that you are solely responsible for your own safety and will do the necessary research to understand the conditions of this hike and the gear and conditioning required. Anyone choosing to hike with our group should carry personal health insurance, and a CORSAR (Colorado Outdoor Recreation Search and Rescue) card (https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/dola/search-and-rescue-fund), in case of an emergency.

Ascending Peak Series – Thunder Butte, 9,836’!

Thunder Butte

5 miles RT with 1,500' elevation gain.

Come out and add another county high point to your list with the DougCo high point. Since I know you adore off trail hiking, there will be plenty here for you to enjoy. Although the hike stats are modest, expect a full body workout and plan on an adventure. We'll also get to see how nature has reclaimed the area nearly 20 years after the 2002 Hayman Fire. We'll try to be off the hill before we figure out how this peak got it's name.

Afterwards, we can head back to Pine for lunch at Zoka's.

Carpool spot will be at the Fort @ 7:30.

Staunton State Park: Mason Creek/Old Mill/Staunton Ranch Loop

Staunton State Park

Let's enjoy a loop hike only an hour's drive from Denver!

ATTENDEE LIMIT: 10 Hikers We will practice social distancing of at least 6 feet. Face coverings strongly recommended.

CONTACT: Bernard at (303)[masked].

Staunton State Park opened to the public on May 18, 2013. The park is located approximately 40 miles southwest of downtown Denver, north of US Highway 285, and about six miles west of Conifer.

Staunton State Park is the legacy of Frances H. Staunton. As her beneficiaries, present and future generations are entrusted with this land--to enjoy, protect and treasure as she did.

More information at: http://cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/parks/Staunton

COST: Please bring money for the $10 daily park pass fee. If you have a Colorado States Park Pass, you do not need to pay the daily pass fee.

WHEN: Meet at 8:00 am; hike begins at 8:05.

DISTANCE/GAIN: 6.4 miles with 1265 ft. elevation gain.
DIFFICULTY: Moderate
ROUTE: https://trails.colorado.gov/routes/42142?t=UcW1Vnaz96VqwyI6ePKx
MAP: https://cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/parks/Staunton/Documents/StauntonTrailsMap.pdf

WHAT TO BRING: Typical gear, jacket, water, snacks, face covering, etc. Given recent trail reports TRACTION DEVICES are required.

DISCLAIMER: Hiking is risky. Every year people are hurt and killed because they go beyond their abilities, get lost, or bring the wrong gear. I am not a professional guide. You are responsible for yourself. By signing up for this hike you acknowledge that you are solely responsible for your own safety and will do the necessary research to understand the conditions of this hike and the gear and conditioning required. Anyone choosing to hike with our group should carry personal health insurance, and a CORSAR (Colorado Outdoor Recreation Search and Rescue) card (https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/dola/search-and-rescue-fund), in case of an emergency.

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Evening Hike - South Valley Park: South Trailhead

South Valley Park South Trailhead

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